The studio was fairly dark, lit only by a floor lamp in the corner, yet the musician from Austin, Texas kept his sunglasses on. Was this a nod to fellow musician Cory Hart? Or maybe he didn't want us to see the after-effects of a long night. Could it be that looking at his audience while performing makes him nervous? As I sat through his set and radio personality Tim Johnstone's interview, I quickly came to the conclusion that none of the above was likely to be true.
The intimate setting, made cozier by the mellow lighting, was the perfect setting for Bob Schneider to show off a few songs from his most recent album Lovely Creatures. He was unaccompanied by only his acoustic guitar, and the feeling in the room was that he was glad just to be there doing what he does for the lucky few of us who happened to be there. Sincere, funny and humble, were the words that popped into my mind— somewhat contrary to the pre-conceived notions I went in with. I was expecting great music, but not the heartfelt way in which he delivered it. He said that he second-guesses himself and his music to the point that once it has been recorded, he doesn't listen to the album, is sure that it's no good and half-jokingly commented that he was "pretty convinced that things have not worked out for me." We just laughed.
At one point Johnstone asked Schneider about his writing process and why all of the songs on this album seemed to be love songs. It seemed that his response about not writing autobiographically but that how he was feeling during that particular period of his life probably came out in the lyrics he wrote sounded pretty standard. Then he mentioned falling in love with his young son during the time that he was producing this album. Swoon.
He's no stranger to Boise, having played here more than 300 times throughout his career. Tonight he takes the stage at the Neurolux at 8 p.m. If you've missed him previously, here's your chance to catch him in the act.